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Old 11-27-2004, 01:21 PM   #1
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Default small dirt/ small cylinder scratches.

most people dont think about it, but whether it be during a filter change, or even because there is some dirt that gets passed the filter, i would think small particles of dirt would be able to pass into the engine and get into the cylinders. i dont know how it could be avoided. Now, my question is how bad is this for the engine? I would think once the dirt made it to the cylinder it would get stuck in the oil and just kinda recirculate in there and cause damage. Is this something to worry about?

And aslo when buying a used car, and you dont know if they changed the filters regularly to not, is there any test to do to check for vey fine or small scratches in cylinders? would a compression test show them? thanks so much guys.
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:34 PM   #2
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well are you looking to buy a used car?
compression tests are always a good thing, but doesnt always show a problem.

oh and I wouldnt worry so much about "dirt" unless some one dumped sand or dirt down the oil fill spout. A poorly maintained motor more than likely will smoke a little.
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